About Private Events

CLICK HERE for the run down on the groups I play with, and feel free to get in touch!

 "Thank you! Everything was great – the mother of the bride said told me “hiring this band was the BEST decision you forced me into”.  She was CRAZY for you guys and she said so were all her guests." -Jeannie 

"Kelsey sang at our wedding and we were so pleased with her beautiful voice and warm presence. She is extremely professional and easy to work with. We had so many compliments from our guests. We highly recommend Kelsey for any and all events!" -Marty 

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Rex Manor July party, NY
"Major thank you to you and the band! You guys did a great job and WOW great sets! [The client] was very happy and we were super pleased! I look forward to working with you again!" 

Gramercy Park Hotel June wedding, NYC 
"We were so pleased with Kelsey and [The Lovesome]! Our guests raved about the music, and, as we hoped, there was a good amount of dancing through the evening by young and old alike. In addition, Kelsey was a pleasure to deal with and could not have been more professional, accommodating, and pleasant."
 
Museum of Natural History wedding, NYC
"Thank you! Everything was great – the mother of the bride said told me “hiring this band was the BEST decision you forced me into”.  She was CRAZY for you guys and she said so were all her guests." -Jeannie 

Ground for Sculpture wedding, NJ
"I'd like to say that working with the Kelsey Jillette Jazz group was nothing less than a pleasure... TheLovesome arrived on time, professionally set-up, and worked with us to make sure the event went as we dreamed.  They learned two songs we requested, Dance me to the End of Love, a Leonard Cohen Standard, and Metallica's Nothing Else Matters, arranging it on the spot!  Everything about this experience was a pleasure."  -Brandi 

Englewood Woman's Club wedding, NJ
"Dear Kelsey... Thank you for a terrific job at our wedding. You performed exactly as we expected and hoped for. We received many compliments on our choice of band and music. You helped us create exactly the wedding we envisioned and we truly appreciate it. Thanks and best wishes for everything. Sincerely, Sheryl and Anton" 

Sardi's wedding, NYC
"I only wish I had a couple more daughters to marry so your group could play for the weddings! We most thoroughly enjoyed the music... Everyone had at least one dance if not many - no wall flowers at this party - and I'm still hearing comments about the great band." -father of the bride
 
Eolia Mansion wedding, CT
"You and your band were outstanding. Everyone has been talking about you guys since the wedding. Rachel and I will definitely be checking out your shows in the near future."  -Billy 

BIOGRAPHY

With a musical landscape chock full of female singers, the thing that gets your interest is some special quality that can’t be measured in sharps and flats. Call it pizzazz, personality, or the content of one’s character. Whatever it is, this elusive quality is what makes one’s ears perk up and take notice. Kelsey Jillette has this quality.

It comes across in a breathy, natural voice- conversational, but full of intensity and with loud bouts of joy, humor, pathos, and the blues. It is found in the expressiveness with which she sings every word, every line of a song. While she can use her voice in a Dianne Reeves style scat-singing mode, her forte is smooth, emotionally nuanced expression of a song’s melody. This is perfectly in keeping with her live performance style which favors relating to the audience and the listener with the unpretentious naturalism of the really cool girl next door over the pompous grandiosity of the diva. This comes in part from the path Kelsey Jillette has taken to become a singer-musician....
-Mark Kirby, WWW.MUSICDISH.COM (Associate Writer) 

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"[Jillette] owns some well-honed pipes and the emotive powers to use them effectively...Together, vocalist and musicians creatively transform historic material into an engaging modern mode. This is what playing the standards should be all about." - Walter Kolosky (reviewing Hot House/What is...?)
"Your singing is wonderful! Absolutely! Unique, lyrical, individual. Believe you're the best female vocalist I've heard in a long time. " 
- Norm Weinstein, winner of Deems Taylor-ASCAP award for jazz journalism, currently covers jazz for The Christian Science Monitor 

"What a pleasure it is to hear the talented jazz vocalist Kelsey Jillette...an intriguing voice...breathy, yet has a deepness at the same time...a cool emphatic manner that compels you to listen to every word. The Kelsey Jillette Group is the real deal. You need to give them a listen." 
- Walter Kolosky (reviewing Turn out the Stars)